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Issues and Voices that Matter March 8, 2012

St. Luke’s Centennial

St. Luke's Centennial title (photo & graphic - CMF Public Media)

This year, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Oviedo is celebrating its centennial.   As part of the commemoration, the church has launched a program called the Servant Project where volunteers from the church serve local charities.  In this feature we will hear about this project and the history of the church on its 100th anniversary.
Length: 16:50


(Produced, reported and edited by Desta Horner)

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St. Luke’s Lutheran Church was founded in 1912 by Slovak farmers who settled the town of Slavia. The original wooden church was 16 by 20 feet just enough for the 25 members. Today, 100 years later, the church campus is one of the largest Lutheran congregations in the country.

In this feature three members of St. Luke’s church tell the story of the centennial celebration. First, Judy Duda gives an account of the early years of the settlers and the church. She describes the succession of buildings that were erected to accommodate the growth of the church over 100 years.

Nikki Rach, the Director of Stewardship for the church and its school, explains the series of service projects initiated by the church to expand their contribution to the community. Inspired by their faith and their history, church members are giving time, talent, treasure and testimony to others by volunteering with organizations that help those in need.

Kristin Sellers is one of the volunteers participating in the Servant Projects. She describes how this experience has touched her heart.

Principal Speakers

Nikki Rach, Director of Stewardship Development , St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and School (photo - CMF Public Media)
Nikki Rach
Director of Stewardship Development, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and School
Judy Duda, member, Centennial Committee (photo - CMF Public Media)
Judy Duda
Member, Centennial Committee
Kristin Sellers, St. Luke’s Church Servant Projects volunteer
Kristin Sellers
St. Luke’s Church Servant Projects volunteer

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Pictures

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At left, Nikki Rach with Judy Duda (photo - CMF Public Media) Display of founding families of St. Luke's Lutheran Church (photo - CMF Public Media) Judy Duda and pictures of the early church (photo - CMF Public Media) Cornerstone of the 1939 Church (photo - CMF Public Media)
St Luke’s Lutheran Church, Oviedo, Fl in 2012 (photo - CMF Public Media) Judy Duda at the original wooden church, 16 by 20 feet ... just enough for the 25 members (photo - CMF Public Media)

Extended Interviews

Nikki Rach, Director of Stewardship Development for St .Luke’s Lutheran Church and School (photo - CMF Public Media)
Nikki Rach Director of Stewardship Development for St .Luke’s Lutheran Church and School with Desta Horner
Length – 25:07
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Judy Duda, member, Centennial Committee (photo - CMF Public Media)
Judy Duda, member, Centennial Committee with Desta Horner
Length: 16:58
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Kristin Sellers, St. Luke’s Church Servant Projects volunteer (photo - CMF Public Media)
Kristin Sellers, St. Luke’s Church Servant Projects volunteer with Desta Horner
Length: 09:34
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4 Responses to “St. Luke’s Centennial”

  1. Nikki Rach says:

    Thank you Desta,
    You did a fantastic job pulling this all together and portraying St. Luke’s in a great light. To God be the glory!
    Nikki

  2. Carol A. Patton says:

    Great Job. I am very proud to be a part of the
    St. Luke’s Community!

  3. Ed Ghiglieri says:

    Great job on St Luke’s giving back to the community!

  4. Stephen Gidus says:

    Very nice piece. Coincidentally, I will be celebrating Easter with my Slovakian releatives this weekend in Habura, Slovakia.

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